Tuesday Chatter 25

I decided to take it easy today and enjoy the gorgeous weather. This is truly a lovely time of the year in Georgia. We find the evenings perfect for sitting on the back porch, sipping coffee or our favorite libation; and soon the fireflies will be lighting up our view as they glow while dancing in the darkness.

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We love dove watching yet no baby doves, however, there is a lot of activity in the nest. I can’t stand this wait and see as it seems like it has been forever. I know it’s silly to worry about something where I have no control, however, I let out a sigh of relief when I see that little head bobbing up and down in the nest. The doves can probably take care of themselves better than we humans.

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While taking it easy, I cleaned up several of my LinkedIn posts; and came across this quote by Mahatma Gandhi. I want to share it with you along with some discussion about how to say “no”.

Have you ever found yourself in this position? You want to be helpful. You want to be agreeable. You have a fear of conflicts and lost opportunities. You don’t want to be rude. You don’t want to feel guilty. So, you say “Yes” and find you have overextended yourself. Well, here are some suggestions for saying “No” with tact and sensitivity.

I can’t is plainly simple and direct
I am unable to commit at this time is politely saying I am too busy
Now is not a good time is nicely saying I am in the middle of something else
I would love to do this is gently saying “No”
Let me ponder this and I will get back to you is kindly saying maybe
I’m not your best choice for this is subtlety saying choose someone else
This doesn’t meet my needs is gracefully saying not what I am looking for
I wish I could help but is tactfully saying I don’t lend money or I can’t donate at this time

Three good reasons for saying “No” with diplomacy and grace.

One reason is for the sake of your wallet. You are not a bank or an ATM machine. Lending money can cause problems and have serious consequences. Lending money to a friend can put a strain on the relationship. Also, don’t let donations get out of hand. You know what your wallet can bear.

Reason two is time. You can only stretch yourself so far. Taking on too much can be exhausting and stressful. Going in too many directions leaves room for making mistakes and not being able to reach completion.

And the third is sanity. Nothing is worth losing your sanity. You are one person and you can’t be everything to all of the people all of the time. There are times when you have to consider “me, myself and I”.

“A “No” uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a “Yes merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble”. – Mahatma Gandhi

So, take it easy on yourself and learn when to say “no”. In fact, you may find more time for blogging. And, I have selected a couple of good examples of excellent reading from our fellow bloggers.

arcticsabrina shares tips and reviews about fashion, cosmetics, and healthy eating; complete with illustrations and descriptions. I love this blog because it is light, fun and informative.

Another good reason to read is abrokenbluesky which offers beautiful poetry and prose. Perfect reading for relaxing by the pool or on a porch; or your favorite coffee or tea spot.

While on the subject of poetry, many of our musical artists are true poets. Their lyrics are enchanting and lure us into the world of music.  The first verse of these lyrics will never be forgotten, as well as the artist. Prince was one of the most multi-talented iconic artists of all time. He will be missed.

“Dearly beloved
We are gathered here today
To get through this thing called life”

This is Tuesday Chatter, a weekly event where you can leave the link to your blog, giving others a chance to appreciate your talents. Here’s the link for the how-tos. Tuesday Chatter

I’m Eugenia and it’s time to put a wrap on this chat. So long from this week’s Tuesday Chatter and have a great week!

 Cheers! 

 

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It’s Difficult

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“We have a presidential election coming up.  And I think
the big problem, of course, is someone will win.”
Barry Crimmins

It’s difficult to choose

who will win and who will lose

It’s difficult to say

who is able to pave the way

It’s difficult to see

who’s best for you and me

It’s difficult to know who’s on the ball

and hope we make the right call

It’s difficult to vote

for those that blow smoke

Should we wait to be enthralled?

Oh, the gall of it all!

Let’s just see what sticks to the wall?

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https://patriciasplace.me/2016/04/20/we-have-a-presidential/

Cheers! 🍵 ☕️

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Service With a Smile

 

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Moments here are never hectic

Coffee in the morning

Indeed, is quite warming

A lovely afternoon tea

A tradition for you and me

Pastries truly delectable

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An after dinner treat

I’ll save you a seat

We come from afar

By bus, by train, or by car

You go the extra mile

Offering service with a smiledahlonega coffee

Please, let us stay awhile

Oh yes, generous we are

Do you have a tipping jar?

 

Small and quaint coffee houses, exuding such charm and personality. Respectively located in Roswell, Ga; Blue Ridge, Ga, and Dahlonega, Ga.

Cheers!

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Tuesday Chatter 24

Welcome to, Tuesday Chatter, a place where there’s never a dull moment! You can brew what you spew and spew what you brew! A friendly place for thought-provoking chatter and a meeting of minds. We can laugh together and cry together; learn from each other and share with one another. I love the world of blogging, don’t you? You must or you wouldn’t be here. Please share your reasons for blogging as I would love to see them.

Here is a perfect example of a reason to enjoy blogging – “a little lunch, a little wine, a LOT of talking”. Diane loves to read, loves to write and loves to talk. She shares everything worthwhile and I guarantee her blog will make you smile. Pop in and visit Diane at ladieswholunchreviews.

Hey, wait! I have more reasons to enjoy blogging. If you are pondering a summer vacation, Maggie’s blog will be a great asset in helping you decide on your destination.  Impressive photos and descriptions about amazing places are graciously shared by Maggie in her very informative blog – travelmagnolia  Be sure to stop by and visit.

Before I introduce my next featured blogger, I have something to share. My husband and I were sitting on the porch, with a cup of coffee, and we saw two doves had taken an interest in our hanging plants. They would flit from plant to plant while making their cute little cooing sounds. Then they flew away and returned several times.

My husband said they could be looking for a place to build a nest. Well, lo and behold, he was right. The hanging plant at the end of our porch became the site for their nest. What a fun week it has been watching the activity and we have kept our distance so as not to scare our feathered friends. The top of his or her head is always in view, which is reassuring to us one of them is in the nest.

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I did some research on nesting doves and found “The female lays 2 white eggs in the nest, but then both she and her partner take turns incubating the eggs for 14 days. The fledgling Mourning Doves leave the nest in about 15 days after hatching.” I thought this to be very interesting and had no idea the male shared in incubating the eggs.

Also per my source, “The nest is usually poorly constructed, although both sexes of the Mourning Dove are involved in making it – the male gathers the twigs, grass and pine needles and takes it to the female who stays on the nest while she is building it. These nests can be found in trees or even in hanging plants”, which explains why they chose our hanging plant. I will keep you abreast of what happens with our doves and if you have anything you would like to share, please do.

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And, my next blogger is exceptional. “I’m just a WYSIWYG kind of guy…who wears his heart on his sleeve.” and in his words “The blog may evolve over time..different themes, added or deleted pages and categories …I will do my best to entertain you or make you angry enough to make a comment/reply, so stick around, you never know what’s going to happen in the ‘Steel City’……”. Stop by and chat with steelcityman.

Moving in another direction, I liked this quote so well that I must share it with you.  Of course, I over analyzed it as I can do sometimes; a leftover tidbit from my underwriter days. But, doesn’t this quote strike a chord with you? I believe there is a lot of truth to it and would love to know your views on the quote.

   “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in; their true beauty is revealed only if there light is from within.”― Elizabeth Kubler Ross

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Before I wrap this up, I want you to know April is Poetry Month. I love these bits and pieces of information and I find it intriguing to learn about their origin. Here is the excerpt from my source “Poetry Month began in 1996 and was started by the Academy of American Poets. It now has the support of many other organizations including the government, art societies, poets and educational leaders….”

Please stop in and visit my new blog ThusNSuch, dedicated to poetry and quotes ThusNSuch

This is Tuesday Chatter, a weekly event where you can leave the link to your blog, giving others a chance to appreciate your talents. Here’s the link for the how-tos. Tuesday Chatter

I’m Eugenia and it’s time to put a wrap on this chat. So long from this week’s Tuesday Chatter and have a great week!

Cheers! 🍵 ☕️

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Credits: http://www.birdfeeders.com/advice/bird-library/wild-bird/mourning-dove/nesting

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If I Were a Person So Smart

“A person’s world is only as big as their heart.”
Tanya A Moore

If we were persons so smart

If we had the power

If we could empower

If we had an ivory tower

If we had this and if we had that!

Tis becoming old hat.

What would you say

What would you pay

What would I pay?

A mere pittance, not I

I would heed the call

I would give it my all

Whether big or small

I would keep my world

From a downward swirl

I would give from my heart

If I were a person so smart.

What would you do? It’s your world too.

-Eugenia

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The challenge is to use the quote or the author as inspiration;
post a story…fiction or non-fiction, a poem, a commentary, opinion or a picture. Patricia’s Place

 

Cheers! 

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beBee and Me

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I was sipping coffee when I wrote this little diddy. Perhaps a little giddy? Nope, not me!  It’s simple to see, I was just being me.

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We were meant to be

I can cruise with ease

And mingle with bees

If I want to jive

I find a hive

I don’t feel judged

My reputation not smudged

Such a delightful mix

But with ease, I can say nix

Such a welcoming place

My new home base

I feel we can go far

My rising star

Cheers! 🍵 ☕️

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Tuesday Chatter 23

Hey. everyone! It’s the Tuesday Chatter variety show! Pour yourself a cup of coffee and have a seat. There is amusement, entertainment, and tidbits of news, useless chattering, and an abundance of smattering. By the way, smattering is a word defined as superficial piecemeal knowledge. Undoubtedly, there is no lack of smattering in my Tuesday blogs. What do you think?

Tuesday Chatter also has a very special feature, which is the recognition of my fellow bloggers. This is the best part of my Tuesday gig because I learn a lot about those I select. It’s like getting to know more about that person than just saying hello.

Let’s enjoy frivolities and a plethora of oddities.

What you read may not be true, but it’s never false.

What you read may be only fluff, but it’s good looking stuff.

What you read is not a glitch, could it be a niche?

What you read should be fun, and never one and done.

So take a break, for Pete’s sake!

You gotta love Tuesday Chatter! Why it’s known for useless chatter

What’s the matter; you’re not a fan of smatter?

Well, be as it may, your visit will make my day.

There’s no cause for alarm, as I mean you no harm.

The time has come to move on, and so long.

Hey, it’s Pet Day! Be sure to bestow extra love on your pet today as pets are so deserving of our love. Here’s sending hugs to all our lovable furry and maybe non-furry friends.

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Before I get to the main feature, and that is recognizing fellow bloggers, let’s dust off a couple of oldies. Maybe worth the mention and maybe not, however, I find some things deserve a second peek.

Here’s a good one. This blog is an oldie about oldies. I wrote this last year and I am amazed at what changes have since occurred in just a short period of time.

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And this next blog definitely is an eclectic olio, hodgepodge and/or miscellaneous mixture. I like this blog because of the pics and it runs the gamut from our move to Georgia, our house which is now sold, and travel to Helen, Ga.

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So, let me introduce my first blogger. She is so deserving of recognition for her lovely stories that will make you search your soul. nutsrok . You don’t want to miss this one for some back porch reading.

My next blogger is pearsnotparsnips. If you love food, you will love this blog. Chris features healthy ideas and recipes; most enticing for our oncoming spring and summer seasons.

 

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This is Tuesday Chatter, a weekly event where you can leave the link to your blog, giving others a chance to appreciate your talents. Here’s the link for the how-tos. Tuesday Chatter

I’m Eugenia and it’s time to put a wrap on this chat. So long from this week’s Tuesday Chatter and have a great week!

Cheers!

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photos: personal property. The featured image is the Blue Ridge Marina

Get Out of First Gear

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“Life is like a ten-speed bicycle.  Most of us have gears we never use.”
Charles M. Schulz

Seems in life it is essential, to gear our mind to full potential. Please lend an ear, this you may want to hear.

There is no boasting if we’re only coasting. Results may be adverse if we’re forever in reverse.  Let’s move forward by pedaling toward, a favorable direction. The rut in the road, an act of deflection or an undesirable reflection?

We get out of bed, shake our head and we’re in first gear. What a great start, we’re thinking smart! Again, let’s pedal toward a positive direction; are you with me? Have you switched to second gear? Oh, but you must! There is still time to adjust.

C’mon, there’s no time for crying, you must keep trying. Do you want to be a wannabe throughout your life? No, the answer is not a new life. You can’t just buy a new life like you would buy a new bike!

We must be resourceful and not remorseful; squelch our fear and cultivate cheer. Now, are you with me? I’m so proud of you that you heeded my cue.

Seems in life it is essential, to gear our mind for full potential. Please lend an ear, this you may want to hear.

Get out of first gear!

 Cheers!

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patriciasplace.me/2016/04/06/life-is-like/

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Tuesday Chatter 22

Tidbits of news, perhaps not your views. Who’s in the news?  Who would you choose? Not the tooth fairy? Well, opinions vary. Ain’t that the truth, my dear! Perhaps its fear, or lack of it. I feel we’re above it.

But isn’t pitiful, we’re not more dutiful? What does it take, a good person to make? Hey, you! You must have a clue. There’s no show if you don’t know.

This little ditty may not say much; just words n’ such. So get to the point, you say. Enough of your stuff. I don’t have all day!

Hey, watch your mouth! You can just take yourself south! What I am trying to convey is kindness goes a long way. Don’t be so smug and share a hug. Do it today!

Here’s a worthwhile tidbit – Sunday, April 3rd was Find a Rainbow Day. Did you find yours? Were you a rainbow in someone’s cloud? (using a quote by Maya Angelou).

And another news item, today, April 4th is World Rat Day. No, I’m not kidding, and per my source credited below, rats make good companions. Undoubtedly they get a lot of bad press, but who do you believe? So, while you’re sharing hugs – hug a rat today.

  And, Featuring…

Stephanae (Steph) McCoy – My personal mantra: “When you feel good, you look good.” Steph is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. Her work is inspirational and encouraging. You can meet Steph at http://boldblindbeauty.com/.

Sherri loves all things spiritual and her beliefs have grown into her spiritual journal. You won’t want to miss Sherri’s “sparkling reads”. http://mysticalwriterblog.com/.

Jessica/MerryMoonChild loves to write and she loves the moon. In her own words: Single mother, Sagittarius, tattooed, pierced, left-handed, artist, painter, writer, poet, dreamer. Love photography, fashion, DIY, anime, and glitter. You must visit Jessica at: https://merrymoonblog.wordpress.com/about/.

So, here is my spewing about brewing, and I mean coffee. I had a Mister Coffee, about 4 years old, and it performed quite nicely. Well, all good things must come to an end. I guess it just got tired and decided to bubble coffee and grounds everywhere but in the carafe – talk about spewing! I won’t go into detail, but I fixed it for 3rd and last time. Now, I have a Cuisinart 12 cup programmable coffee maker. I am in love with this coffee maker!! It is simply divine. Oh, by the way, I am sipping Hazelnut coffee that we bought at Aldi. It’s delicious and has a luring aroma. Do you have Aldi stores where you live? They are a great store to buy groceries, etc.

 This is Tuesday Chatter, a weekly event where you can leave the link to your blog, giving others a chance to appreciate your talents. Here’s the link for the how-tos. Tuesday Chatter

Cheers! 🍵 ☕️

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Tidbits credits: https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/2016/04/